After winning the World Championship 2013, Valero Rivera took the top job for Qatar and was succeeded by fellow Spaniard, Manolo Cadenas. The handover of team responsibilities from one coach to another went smoothly, though Spain failed to repeat their 2013 success at Qatar 2015, where they finished fourth.
The squad remained almost the same and Cadenas can still count on tall defence, strong goalkeepers including Arpad Sterbik, brilliant wings like Victor Tomas and classy high-scorers such as Joan Canellas.
Canellas was the top scorer at the EHF EURO 2014, where Spain won bronze. Besides Sterbik, who plays for HC Vardar, Canellas (THW Kiel) and line player Julen Aguinagalde (KS Vive Tauron Kielce), the core of the team is formed by players from FC Barcelona, such as Tomas, Viran Morros, Raul Entrerrios and Gonzalo Perez de Vargas.
At the age of 34, Raul Entrerrios has matured into one of the household names in Spanish handball and he is one of the leading players of the national team.
Although his natural position sees him playing in the centre, his many skills on the line allow him to change permanently with effectiveness and perform with ease in all positions. His vision of the game is unique, and his shot is hard and straight. He is a highly charismatic player who loves the sport.
He has won all the most important European Cup competitions including the EHF Champions League with his current team FC Barcelona in 2011 and 2015. He is a gold medallist from the World Championship 2005, but was deprived of taking to the court at the 2013 World Championship because of an injury.
Considered to be one of the best line players in the world, Julen Aginagalde has been one of the most important players in the past years whenever he played for the national team. He topped Spain's golden performance at the World Championship 2013 by also being voted into the tournament's All-star team as the best line player. At the last European Championship in Denmark, he was also part of the tournament's All-star team.
This is his third season for Polish side Vive Tauron Kielce, where he aspires to to reach the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne under the orders of Talant Dujshebaev, just as the club did last in 2013 and 2015.
After Spain had won 2013 World Championship, a substitution took place on the coach's bench. Valero Rivera left the team and moved to Qatar where is now coaching the men's national team and Manolo Cadenas took over as new Spanish head coach.
The 58-year-old Cadenas started his career as a professional handball coach in 1986, first directing the handball club from Oviedo. Until then he worked at Cantabria, Valladolid, Ademar León, FC Barcelona as well as BM Granollers and - apart from his job on the national team's bench - he currently coaches Polish VELUX EHF Champions League participants Orlen Wisła Płock.
In his coaching career he won, among further silverware, the Cup Winners' Cup three times, once with Cantabria in 1990 and twice with Ademar Leon in 1999 and 2005.
Manuel Cadenas is in love with handball and he is an academic icon in the sport. He still teaches at seminars for coaches, and he has invested much of his time in training at grassroots level and therefore has positively earned the respect and affection of all Spanish fans.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events